People October 17, 2017 | 1:16 pm

Award-winning performers headline Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

 Cabarete, Dominican Republic – The 21st Dominican Republic Jazz Festival,
presented by FEDUJAZZ and the Ministry of
Tourism, will host six nights of  free concerts recognizing music, culture
and the arts beginning in Santo Domingo on October 29, and from November 1
– 5, 2017 in Santiago, Sosúa, Puerto Plata and Cabarete.

Celebrating a rich history spanning over twenty years, the Dominican
Republic Jazz Festival welcomes internationally acclaimed artists such as
the GRAMMY Award-winning trumpeter Brian Lynch, vocalist Kim Nazarian,
Grammy-nominated trombonist William Cepeda, and Brazil’s Trio da Paz.
Trumpeter Sean Jones, saxophonists Marco Pignataro and Geroge Garzone,
clarinetist Anat Cohen, and Fefita la Grande, the most prolific and
respected female merengue accordionist of the Dominican Republic, along
with many others, will also take the stage.

The 2017 Dominican Republic Jazz Festival honors the contemporary global
dimension of jazz, with each night dedicated to a different country. Maria
Elena Gratereaux, Executive Director of the Dominican Republic Jazz
Festival coveys that “In this new edition of the Dominican Republic Jazz
Festival, we present jazz that unites, that connects us, and sends a
message of faith, joy, peace, and union among all people.”

*Sunday, October 29, 2017* – *Santo Domingo, Plaza España – **France *

– Big Band of National Conservatory of Music of Santo Domingo Featuring
Alain Mallet (Dominican Republic, France)
– The Jazz Ensemble from Paris Conservatory Featuring Riccardo del Fra

*Wednesday, November 1, 2017* – *Santiago, Centro Leon* -* Argentina*

– El Eco with Guillermo Nojechowicz featuring Marco Pignataro, Brian
Lynch, Helio Alves, Kim Nazarian & Fernando Huergo (Argentina, Brazil)
– Rafelito Mirabal & Sistema Temperado (Dominican Republic)

*Thursday, November 2, 2017* – *Sosúa, Amphitheatre Hotel Casa Marina* *-

– Javier Vargas and Atre (Dominican Republic)
– Roni Eytan Quartet (Israel)
– Anat Cohen with the Berklee Global Ambassadors (Israel, USA)

*Friday, November 3, 2017* – *Puerto Plata, Independence Park* – *Brazil *

– Guy Frómeta Trío (Dominican Republic)
– Trío da Paz (Brazil)

*Saturday, November 4, 2017 *- *Cabarete Beach* – *United States*

– George Garzone with the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors (USA)
– Sean Jones (USA)
– Brian Lynch (USA)

*Sunday, November 5, 2017* – *Cabarete Beach* – *Puerto Rico, Italy & DR*

– Marco Pignataro “Almas Antiguas Quartet” featuring Alan Pasqua, Adam
Cruz, Ehud Ettun (Italy, Puerto Rico)
– William Cepeda  (Puerto Rico)
– Fefita la Grande and Special Guests (Dominican Republic)

The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival is sponsored by companies including
Jet Blue, Brugal, Berklee Global Jazz Institute, United States Embassy,
Lifestyle Holidays, Sea Horse Ranch, Cibao Recycling, Casa Linda,
Gratereaux Delva & Associates, Millennium, Viva Wyndham Tangerine, Amhsa
Marina, Gansevoort, Banco del Progreso, Israel Embassy, Centro León, Reef
Condos, Villa Taina, OK Motors, VH Hotels – Gran Ventana, Blue JackTar, and
Emisora Raíces, among others.

All Dominican Republic Jazz Festival shows are free and open to the public,
with VIP tickets and priority seating available for purchase. Proceeds of
VIP ticket sales benefit FEDUJAZZ, the music education foundation of the
Dominican Republic Jazz Festival.

FEDUJAZZ provides free music education for the youth of the Dominican
Republic. Currently, there are one hundred students attending classes at
the foundation’s center in Cabarete. Throughout the festival, free music
workshops and master classes for local children and FEDUJAZZ students are
held at each concert location, led by the renowned international musicians
participating in the festival.

Contact FEDUJAZZ for more details at (809) 809-571-9350 <(809)%20571-9350>,

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Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

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